Western Leader : February 1st 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Tuesday, February 1, 2011 BOOK NOW! Don't Miss Out! Valentines Day Published: 11 February Deadline: 9 February Published: 17 February Deadline: 8 February Published: 22 February Deadline: 15 February Phone 837 0340 It's a Pet's Life Living it up Stocking up: Volunteer Peter Wright helps to restock the shelves at the VisionWest foodbank in Glen Eden after a busy January. Foodbank's hard line By CATHERINE HEALY CAN YOU HELP? Donations of non-perishable food items are always welcomed by west Auckland foodbanks. Ranui Baptist Church 833-7815 Salvation Army Henderson 837-4471 Salvation Army New Lynn 827- 3128 St Vincent de Paul Society, Holy Cross Parish Henderson 838-1558 VisionWest Glen Eden 818-0700. A SALVATION Army food- bank closed over Christmas to try and stop families over- spending on gifts and then putting their hands out for help. Waitakere community min- istries manager Zandea Lee says the Henderson foodbank took a toughlove approach and closed its doors for a month over the holidays. I wanted to give people a wake-up call. There are some families whose spending gets out of control over Christmas -- they're buying their kids digital cameras and then coming to us for food. I say to them: Christmas always comes around. You need to plan. What will you do if we're not here?' Normally we would be cleaned out at this time but this year it's not the case because we were closed from December 24 and have only reopened on January 26, so our shelves are pretty well stocked.'' Other west Auckland foodbanks were open and faced high demand. Many say their shelves are almost bare after a very busy December and January. They are preparing for another rush with schools starting back as families' budgets are stretched by fees, uniform and stationery costs. VisionWest Glen Eden food bank manager Jean Abraham says her staff handed out 73 food parcels in three hours when they reopened after the statutory holidays. That was one of the busiest days we've had,'' she says. One of the contributing factors is that a lot of people have been made redundant and are waiting for WINZ funding, so there is an increase in new people needing food parcels.'' The New Lynn Salvation Army foodbank reports being extremely busy in early Janu- ary but has since managed to restock its shelves. Graham Davis from Ranui Baptist Church says it felt like his foodbank was the only one open in the holidays. We were only open Mondays and Fridays and by the end of each Monday we were just about cleaned out.'' Brian Fitzsimmons volunteers at the St Vincent de Paul Society foodbank which helps families in Hen- derson and Te Atatu. We need more stock. Demand is steady but we get bigger families now,'' he says. We have to buy-in quite a bit because we get fewer donations.''
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